Patience for Christmas: A Holiday Novella

Patience for Christmas: A Holiday Novella

by Grace Burrowes

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A friendly holiday competition turns steamy in this Regency romance novella from the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.

Previously published in Virtues of Christmas.Advice columnist Patience Friendly's relationship with her stubborn, overbearing publisher, Dougal MacHugh, is anything but cordial. Dougal challenges Patience to take on a rival columnist in a holiday advice-a-thon, and sparks fly clear up to the mistletoe hanging from every rafter. Will Patience follow the practical guidance of her head or the passionate advice of her heart?
"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." -Tessa Dare

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538748589
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 46,847
File size: 313 KB

About the Author

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.
Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website,

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Patience for Christmas: A Holiday Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This is a fun Christmas novella featuring practical, no-nonsense advice columnist Patience Friendly and her ambitious Scottish editor Dougal MacHugh. Patience's advice to letter writers has increased the circulation of Dougal's newspaper greatly, especially since a rival paper is publishing advice from a so-called Professor. Dougal thinks it would be a great stunt for the holidays to publish 12 days of advice columns, which means Patience will have to work practically day and night to read through letters, formulate her advice, and write the responses. Working so closely with Dougal and the other employees at the paper opens up a whole new world to Patience. She usually spends her days alone at home trying to make ends meet as economically as possible, with an occasional visit to her friends for tea, gossip, and baking. Is it the close quarters, the shared goal, or the mistletoe that has her viewing Dougal in a whole new light? I really enjoyed the insight into the life of a woman trying to make it on her own in the Regency era and the look inside the news sheets of the day. The romance that developed between Dougal and Patience was fun, sweet, and spicy. This was an additional story in with Elizabeth Hoyt's "Not the Duke's Darling."
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
Patience For Christmas by Grace Burrows is being released today, 12-18-18, in e-book form. This novella was previously included in The Virtues Of Christmas in 2016. This was my first read and I found it witty and well written. At times the lead characters are amazingly close to the repartee of Nick and Norah Charles. They play off each other well. As a person owned by a cat, I think King George is inspired and to be adored (my cat made me say that). Our heroine is Patience Friendly, a fiery-haired, and tempered, advice columnist. This spinster has found a way to apply her talents to a job that pays the rent. Using her nom de plume has allowed Patience to live independently, not on the charity of distant relatives. Unfortunately the struggle for survival has left her a little isolated and lonely too. A dog would be a good companion (my dog made me say that). Our hero is Dougal MacHenry, handsome, Scottish owner and publisher of the circulation that carries Patience's popular column. He's handsome, Scottish, and has a burr, that's really all you need to know (sigh). He thinks about, and enjoys meeting with, Patience a little more than an employer should. He thinks she's pretty and smells good. When he manages to get a kiss under the mistletoe the romance race is started. To increase sales, and intrigue Patience, Dougal proposes a pen-to-pen contest with her popular rival. It's a he said, she said competition over the 12 days of Christmas. This requires the couple to spend lots and lots of time together. It's fun to keep up with the number of sweet treats mentioned and consumed during a mere eight chapters. It's astounding. As this is a romance book there is a happy ending. We'd be up in arms if there wasn't. Receiving an ARC is a privilege, and one I enjoy. Being able to share my opinion is a pleasure. Both are free and without obligation. Happy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Patience For Christmas is a lovely holiday novella by Grace Burrowes. It was originally published in the holiday collection The Virtues of Christmas. I adored the heroine Patience Friendly jilted by a suitor she is now considered to be quite on the shelf. Patience supports herself by writing an advice column for publisher Dougal MacHugh. With the holiday season fast approaching Patience enters into a battle of the columns with a rival advice columnist and in order to do so spends quite a bit of time with Dougal. Sparks fly but Dougal is keeping a secret and Patience is not sure she wants to give up her independence. The perfect story to curl up somewhere cozy with a cup of tea and while away a chilly afternoon. Medium Steam. Publishing Date December 18, 2018 #NetGalley #PatienceForChristmas #GraceBurrowes #ForeverGrandCentralPublishing
AmyHi More than 1 year ago
Delightful Christmas short story with an O’Henry type twist! For a short story, I found the main characters well developed. Well done Grace Burrowes!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Another great Christmas story. Patience writes an advice column for Douglas MacHugh’s publishing company for enough money to survive. He has asked for extra stories during Christmas to rival advice columnist, Professor Pennypacker. I thought this book funny and touching. The hero accepting Patience as an equal in a time when it was not done made for a delightful story. But not just equal, a genius, clever and insightful. Who is this Professor Pennypacker? You need to read to find out. Sweet story. I received this book from Net Galley and Forever/Grand Central Publishing for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Patience and Dougal's story! It was a quick, enjoyable read for the holidays. Patience writes an advice column and Dougal is her boss. He has tasked her with a project over the holidays which has them spending a lot of time together and some of it not so proper! Definitely one to pick up for the holidays!